Anthony Davis met the media in Los Angeles on Saturday for the first time since he was traded to the Lakers and expressed his enthusiasm about joining LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins to create one of the NBA’s top trios.
“I’ll put our roster up against anybody,” Davis, a six-time All-Star, told the media. “In a seven-game series, I think we’ll come out victorious.”
General manager Rob Pelinka called the acquisition of Davis a “history-shifting” moment for the franchise.
“There is no more complete basketball player in the game,” he said. “There is nothing he can’t do. He can shoot. He can make plays. He can defend 1-5. He can protect the rim. He can handle the ball. His dedication to his craft is unparalleled.”
The Lakers agreed to acquire Davis on June 15, sending Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and three first-round draft picks to the New Orleans Pelicans. The trade was finalized last weekend under NBA rules.
Davis discussed his role with the Lakers and said he’d play center if the team needed him to, but that wasn’t his first choice.